Aug 042014

The First International Conference on Serious Games 2014 is held at the Quest Conference Estate, conveniently located in the business sector of Vanderbijlpark, Vaal Triangle. Only one hour from OR Tambo International. The conference is held on 27th to 29th August 2014.

The First International Conference on Serious Games 2014

Serious games can range from actively engaging exergaming and virtual 3D simulations to sit-down computer and video games. Although serious games go further than pure enjoyment, they leverage gaming elements in order to produce learning across in an entertaining fashion. However, a recent meta-analysis and overview on the value of serious games as a learning instrument have stated a lack of empirical and methodical evidence to decisively support the concept of games based knowledge acquirement. Furthermore, we are thriving in an era of pervasive computing where practically any item can serve as a processing device that is connected to vast networks of another computing device. Harnessing this ambient intellect will bring serious games to large amounts of users who would otherwise not be capacitated or aware to enjoy the benefits of games based learning.

Researchers are therefore invited in this exciting field to make use of this conference to share your findings on serious games and their effectiveness with the serious games community.

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Jul 282014

The Syntell Sustainability Forum 2014 will be held at The Vineyard Hotel in Newlands, Cape Town from the 18th to 20th August, 2014. This is an interactive forum designed for local, district and metropolitan municipalities and traffic authorities; provincial and local government, cities and councils from across the continent.



Book your seat at the conference to find out about the best practices and latest technologies for efficient revenue management being used to develop service delivery. The ultimate goal is to ensure that municipalities in Africa share best practices so that pockets of excellence can be replicated.

Syntell Sustainability 2014 will reveal that a ‘one-size fits all’ approach does not work, and will investigate the need to recognize diverse policy responses for overall accountability in building financially sustainable and robust municipalities and cities.

Learn about cross-border cooperation amidst Africa’s local government and municipalities as a means of boosting municipal service delivery and efficiency. You will leave the Syntell Sustainability Forum 2014 with dozens of contacts and ideas to make your job easier and more productive. Syntell Sustainability Forum will provide attendees with solutions for boosting the integrity of management solutions, operations, and developing sustainable revenue streams and smarter procurement strategies

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Jul 212014

The SAERA 2014 Conference takes place at the Southern Sun Elangeni Hotel in Durban from Wednesday, 13 August 2014 to Friday, 15 August 2014.  The pre-conference workshops for research development will take place on Tuesday, 12 August 2014.



The topic of the conference will be to investigate the current position of education research in South Africa, and looking ahead to the future directions that research may take. Education research in the past twenty years has relied on a variety of education policies and the carrying out of these policies. Research tends to be qualitative and small scale in nature, although a rising importance on the analysis of large achievement studies in teaching has been seen. SAERA envisages that the conference would provide a platform to reflect on the nature, the idea and the role of education studies at present, and to look forward to new methodological and theoretical trends in the area. The conference will connect with all contexts of research – Higher Education, Training and Further Education, adult education, informal education and schooling.

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Jul 142014

The Cape Construction Expo is the one opportunity to meet the entire Western Cape construction and building industry. With 100 delegates, 2500 attendees, 80 exhibitors, more than twenty hours of networking and a free workshop programme, This expo is the best networking platform for construction professionals such as building contractors, designers,architects, engineers, residential and commercial property developers and owners, cost consultants, surveyors, project managers, suppliers, government representatives, service providers and investors. If you are a working in the construction industry, This is the show for you. The Cape Construction will be held at Cape Town International Convention Centre in Cape Town on 13 and 14 August.



Cape Construction Expo offers you an all round experience! This interactive exhibition showcases hundreds of the latest solutions and products that help you deliver projects on budget and on time. A free workshop is available to all visitors to the show floor and provides enlightening material and promotes a more sustainable approach towards construction.

Expand your network while enjoying culinary teasers such as coffee, chocolate and wine throughout the two days, offers plenty of opportunities to for new contacts in a relaxed setting. Guests are also entered into the lucky prize draw to stand a chance to win fantastic prizes!

The Cape Construction Expo is the definitive networking and educational platform for insights on the latest technologies and developments associated with the construction industry in the Western Cape. High-level speakers present their views through case studies, interactive panels and presentations. From construction product and building materials manufacturers to contractors, architects, engineers, designers, property owners and developers, the expo delivers all the knowledge and resources needed to strengthen your entire operation.

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Jul 072014

ISSA2014 is an annual conference held under the backing of the University of Pretoria School of  Information Technology, the University of South Africa School of Computing and the  University of Johannesburg Academy for Computer Science and Software Engineering and.  The conference will be held the 13th to 15th of August at the Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel in Sandton, Gauteng.



The conference has developed annually in a variety of ways. Not only have presenter and delegates numbers been on the rise, but interest from the industry has also grown and been displayed through sponsorship of the conference or aspects thereof. The quality and relevance of the information presented by industry practitioners and academics have evolved, as have the opportunities for senior research students to present their research to representative and critical audience.

The ISSA conference will continue to be recognised as a platform for professionals and researchers to share their knowledge, research and experience in the field of information security, not only on a South African, but also on an international level.

To ensure ongoing improvement,  input is encouraged from all those interested in the field of Information Security, particularly those who are actively seeking to progress the field, to take part and share their knowledge and experience.

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Jun 302014

Agile Africa 2014 Conference will take place on 11th and 12th of August, 2014, at Protea Hotel Parktonian in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. The conference will be a platform to showcase Agile software development in an African framework. Academics, practitioners and executives in Africa will have a chance to network with influential international Agile experts. They will share their own experiences and information with their peers from other regions of Africa.



A range of expert tutorial workshops and sessions will be given by African and international experts. The spotlight will be on participation, collaboration and information sharing. A range of experts will present keynote talks on a range of relevant topics in the first session. This will be followed by a panel discussion. The remainder of the day will be divided into a number of corresponding streams with talks from invited speakers. One stream will cover topics of interest to those who manage Agile development, and another will be of definite interest to practitioners. Other streams may be introduced covering other related themes.

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Jun 242014

The 2014 PAA/SAfA conference theme is ‘African Archaeology without Frontiers’, and will cover all aspects of African archaeology and all periods from the earliest hominins to the historical period. This Conference will be held at The University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg from the 14th to 18th of July.



The Pan-African Association of Archaeology and Related Studies (PAA) was established in Kenya at the instigation of none other than Louis Leakey, who became the organizing secretary of the 1st Congress, which took place in Nairobi in January 1947. At that ground-breaking Nairobi meeting, Johannesburg was nominated as the host of the second Congress, but the Nationalist government of South Africa which came to power in 1948 withdrew its support for this initiative and the second Congress went to Algiers instead. The aims are to bring together Africanist archaeologists and colleagues in a forum for the exchange of information and ideas; to create contacts between students, researchers and practitioners across Africa in multiple disciplines; to forge links and friendships; and to facilitate and promote inter-African collaboration.

This conference will cover all aspects of African archaeology and all periods from the earliest hominins to the historical period, and the official languages of the conference will be English and French. We are expecting over 500 delegates from Africa, Europe and North America, and among other things we are hoping that this joint meeting will serve to showcase South African resources to potential post-graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and research associates from across the continent and beyond.

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Jun 182014

The Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System Satellite Meeting will be held at the scenic Spier Wine Estate on the 11th and the 12th of July, 2014. This conference will precede the 17th World Congress of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology in Cape Town.



The RAAS remains an exciting and active area of research, revealing new therapeutic interventions for cardiovascular disease and new insights into cardiovascular health. This satellite meeting will highlight recent advances in the pharmacology of drugs for heart failure and hypertension with a special focus on the Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System. This is the first RAAS satellite meeting to be held on African soil, and it is an event encompassing excellent clinical and basic science, excellent networking opportunities and a distinctive African experience.


  • Metabolic aspects of heart failure and ischemia
  • Novel interventions for heart failure
  • Hypertension: Molecular interventions and mechanisms
  • Therapeutic interventions involving AT2 receptors
  • Targeting aldosterone in heart failure and hypertension
  • Clinical aspects of the RAAS
  • Therapeutic interventions involving ACE2 and angiotensin (1-7)

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Jun 092014

The 59th Annual Conference of the South African Institute of Physics will be hosted by the University of Johannesburg from the 7th to the 11th of July, 2014.



Scientific Programme

  • Track A – Division for Physics of Condensed Matter
  • Track B – Nuclear, Particle and Radiation
  • Track C – Photonics
  • Track D1 – Astrophysics
  • Track D2 – Space Science
  • Track E – Physics Education
  • Track F – Applied Physics
  • Track G – Theoretical and Computational
  • Track H – Plenaries

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Jun 022014

The Rhodes University’s Anthropology department will be hosting the Crossing Borders, Blurring Boundaries conference. The event will be held at Rhodes University in Grahamstown from the 29th of June to the 2nd of July 2014.



In today’s world, crossing borders and its outcomes are interwoven with the unravelling and crafting of peoples’ ways of living and formation of self. Giving an account of the journeying inherent in such crossings calls for intricate forms of attention – attention that is brought to bear on everyday life, its temporalities and locales. It is at the same time a call for a sophisticated blending of theory, empirical research and philosophical approach.

Anthropologists’ intellectual tasks are often to engage in unsettling hegemonic knowledge claims, yet they also enter productive cross-disciplinary encounters, in which shared audibility is hoped for, and in which disciplinary reshaping is incorporated.

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